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Leaving the EU will weaken support for disabled people unless the Government shores up the voluntary social care sector, according to a new report. The Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) has published a report on the devastating impact leaving the European Union (EU) will have on the social care sector. Risks and rights: how social […]

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Gloomy prospects ahead! Look out for higher than inflation Council Tax Hikes if, as expected, the Government shirks its responsibility to provide local councils with sufficient funding for vital social care and children’s services in the Local Government Funding Settlement due later this month. Most people think that their Council Tax monies pay for the […]

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Foodbanks are calling on people to ramp up their donations in December when demand for emergency supplies is expected to rise dramatically. The Trussell Trust says there was a 47% increase in the number of three-day emergency supplies given out by its network of 400 foodbanks throughout the UK last December compared to the monthly […]

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Lib Dem MPs stand up for women born in the 1950s

by danielbarker on 6 December, 2017

Women born in the 1950s face an unexpected wait of the best part of a decade before they can get their State Pension. When they started their working lives they would have expected to be able to retire at 60. Now they have to wait until they are 67. The principle of the age going […]

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Britain’s record on fighting poverty ‘at risk’

by danielbarker on 5 December, 2017

Britain’s record on tackling poverty is ‘at risk of unravelling’, campaigners have warned. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) says the latest figures showing the first sustained rises in child and pensioner poverty for two decades mark a turning point for the UK. They show almost 400,000 more children and 300,000 more pensioners are now living […]

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Is the problem Northern Ireland or England?

by danielbarker on 5 December, 2017

So the DUP has stepped in and stopped a potential deal on Brexit. When it comes to the wellbeing of people in Northern Ireland, all parties’ views should be considered, not just the one which is keeping the Tories in power! The answer to preventing a hard border between north and south in Ireland is […]

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Cable: EU divorce deal heavy price to pay

by danielbarker on 4 December, 2017

So, apparently we’re going to be paying somewhere between £39 and 49 billion to leave the EU. That’s between 39 and 49 billion quid less to spend on the NHS. It’s more than the entire Scottish Government budget for a year. It’s not exactly £350 million a week for the NHS, is it? Vince Cable […]

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Surgery this coming Monday

by danielbarker on 1 December, 2017

I am now holding my surgery on the first Monday of every month at the Holy Trinity Centre on Coltham Road, so there’s one on next week between 7 & 8pm. I will be in the back room as there is often other things going on in the other rooms. Please come along if you […]

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Jo Swinson tells Trump to delete his Twitter account

by danielbarker on 1 December, 2017

I’m sure most of us will have had slightly awkward conversations with friends and relatives who, say, saw a nice picture of a field of poppies and a union jack and shared it on Facebook not realising that they were sharing the work of the horribly racist and islamophobic Britain First. I always point it […]

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Funding children’s social services has become the most pressing concern for finance heads, according to local government experts. The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and service delivery specialists Peopletoo say it has edged ahead of adult social care as the main priority in upper-tier councils. But they say there needs to be […]

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